New Appointment Supports Lucideon on Growth Curve in Construction Services

The construction arm of world-leading materials technology group Lucideon has made a senior appointment to continue its expansion drive.

Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom, March 22, 2014 --( Phil Noble joins the company as Business Manager of the company’s construction services business.

Previously a senior manager at the international brick manufacturer Wienerberger, Phil, a Chartered Builder, has 30 years’ experience in the construction industry.

His specialism is the innovation, development and launch of new products and systems.

He joins the international company, which has its headquarters in Staffordshire, with a remit to achieve national and international growth.

Phil said: “Coming to the business from the customer side is a challenge that I’m relishing.

“Lucideon has been investing in its capital assets for some years, and has recently matched that with a significant recruitment of talented individuals to grow the depth and breadth of expertise in the construction offer.

“It’s a great time to join the business.”

Lucideon is continually investing in new capabilities and will soon introduce sealant testing to enable manufacturers to gain a CE mark, dynamic wind load testing and new tests for freeze/thaw of tiles and natural stone.

As a result, the company is on course for major expansion - 2013 represented a year of revenue and profit growth, despite significant investment in equipment and people. Revenues broke through £15 million, a 10 per cent increase on 2012, and profits doubled to £1.7 million (PBT).

Already this year the company has ploughed £2.6 million into developing new services in the UK and US in the construction marketplace, as well as in healthcare and power engineering.

Phil reports to Dr Geoff Edgell, Director and Principal Construction Consultant at Lucideon.

Recently Lucideon’s construction services business reported a large-scale surge in demand for materials testing - a clear sign that the UK building sector is building a strong recovery.

Its construction services business has doubled turnover in the past 12 months, leading to a 25 per cent increase in its workforce, putting it at the leading edge of building product and materials knowledge and research.

To push forward with innovation, Lucideon set up the Construction Technology Development Group, a team that focuses on new materials, products and technologies and investigates ways of using existing products and materials in light of environmental concerns.

Five post graduates have been appointed to the group to steer exploration in five distinct areas – roofing and cladding, building physics, concrete, masonry and steel.

Notes To Editors

About Lucideon

Lucideon is an independent, international materials technology company that operates in a wide variety of sectors around the world.

Headquartered in Staffordshire, UK, and with approved laboratories around the world, Lucideon solves product and process challenges across a range of materials to help clients improve performance, comply with regulations and manage resource efficiency in order to gain a competitive advantage and increase profitability.

As well as the construction industry, Lucideon works predominantly in the ceramics, power engineering and healthcare sectors, working with multinational companies, offering materials development, testing and analysis, resource efficiency and assurance to clients around the globe.

Borne out of the British Ceramics Research Association, which was formed in the 1940’s, the company has evolved into one of the UK’s major success stories, harnessing innovation to produce ground-breaking developments in advanced materials.

At the beginning of 2014, Lucideon changed its name from Ceram, to bring its new businesses acquired over the years under one banner and set the platform for future growth.

The name change saw international sustainability, verification and certification specialist CICS (Complete Integrated Certification Services Ltd) and US-based testing and analysis firm M+P Labs all come under the new title.

Experts from Lucideon are happy to comment on relevant issues including innovation and sustainability.
Katie Armitt
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